Mandatory International Student Orientation and Check-in Program

WHAT?

Check-in: how we verify international students’ arrival and obtain required information to report to the US government.

Orientation: a series of sessions and events designed to assist you with life at GSU, in Georgia, and in the U.S. and to help you protect your immigration status.

WHO?

NEW TRANSFER International Students: Your I-20 or DS-2019 was transferred to GSU through SEVIS from another U.S. school with no gap in your program of study.

NEW NON-TRANSFER International Students: All Others. Your initial I-20 or DS-2019 was created by GSU, this is your first time studying in the US, or you are returning for a degree after a long break outside the US.     

WHEN?

NEW TRANSFER International Students:

Check-in & Orientation:

    • When:  August 13th, 8am – 2pm
    • Where: Student Center, Speakers Auditorium
    • Breakfast and lunch provided.
    • Bring originals:  passport, I-20, and I-94. Look up & print your I-94 >> here <<
    • Confirm your enrollment at GSU (if not already) >> here <<
    • View the full schedule >> here <<

NEW NON-TRANSFER International Students:

Check-in

    • When: August 14th – 15th or 21st – 22nd, 9am-4pm, drop in any time / no appointment needed
    • Where: 245 Sparks Hall, Supplemental Instruction
    • Bring originals:  passport, I-20, and I-94. Look up & print your I-94 >> here <<
    • Confirm your enrollment at GSU (if not already) >> here <<

Orientation:

    • When: August 18th – 20th. We will begin promptly at 8am on the 18th. Please be on time.
    • Where: Student Center, Ballroom
    • Breakfast and lunch provided.
    • View the full schedule >> here <<

WHY?

The goals of new international student orientation are:

To provide information on the following topics:

    • federal immigration regulations, and individual responsibilities as an F or J student
    • how to navigate the campus & administration of Georgia State University
    • basic needs such as housing, transportation, food and money
    • cultural adjustment to life in the United States and in Atlanta
    • unique characteristics of the U.S. classroom

 To carry out various administrative processes for the university:

    • copy immigration documents (passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019, I-94)
    • GSTEP and other English placement testing
    • Math Placement Exam (for freshmen only)
    • academic advising
    • course registration

To create connections:

    • with other new students to form initial friendships
    • with continuing students for advice and support
    • with the students’ academic departments
    • with relevant campus services, programs and facilities

To welcome the students to Georgia State in a way that is positive, friendly and helpful.

New/Transfer Student FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

New international students can enter up to 30 days prior to the start date of their I-20.
Check-in is required. ISSS will have to terminate your status if you do not check-in.
ISSS strongly advises you to attend for your own protection and preparation.
No, that program is for US domestic students. The ISSS program is free.